Whether you’re looking to cut down on dairy or eliminate it from your diet altogether, it can be hard to know where to start when you’re used to meat being the centerpiece of every meal. Well, as someone who’s been a vegetarian since the age of 12, here’s my advice: forget all the store-bought frankenfood substitutes and embrace foods that are naturally delicious. And instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, focus on all the foods you can eat. Master these vegan dinners, which include heaps of fresh produce, protein, and healthy fats, and the transition to a plant-based diet will be a cinch.
This is not a weak sauce side salad. This is a salad that’s filling and nutritionally balanced so you can make a meal out of it. Think lots of veggies, protein, and a dressing that’s rich and creamy thanks to an abundance of healthy fats.
Blissed Out Thai Salad with Peanut Tempeh from The Minimalist Baker
Okay, so tofu isn’t a dinner by itself, but seriously: embrace tofu. Learn how to cook with it. And love it. (PS – If you’re worried about GMOs, don’t fret–there are lots of GMO-free tofu brands on the market.) You’ll be amazed by all the things you can do with tofu, from crumbling it up into an egg-like scramble to making crispy cutlets for stuffing into tacos.
Crispy Blackened Tofu Tacos with Avocado Lime Crema from Making Thyme For Health
Many curries—whether we’re talking Thai or Indian—are naturally plant-based. Ones that aren’t are usually easily made vegan with simple swaps like tofu, tempeh or chickpeas for the meat and omitting fish sauce.
Comforting Cashew Curry from Hello Glow
If your idea of a veggie burger is popping a frozen patty in the microwave, you’re totally missing out. It’s time to get creative with your veggie burgers. Start with a hearty homemade patty, finish it with a flavor-packed sauce, pile on the toppings and you’ll never miss the meat.
Vegan Lentil Nacho Burgers from Connoisseurus Veg
The Bowl is the ideal meal for the end of the week—gather up all those stray veggies and leftovers from the fridge, whip up a tasty sauce, and BOOM, dinner. Tofu + veggies + a whole grain like brown rice or quinoa is my favorite combination.
Tofu Dengaku Bowl from Lazy Cat Kitchen